Obafemi Martins scored a sumptuous lob from the tightest of angles on Saturday night to seal a 1-0 win for the Seattle Sounders against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The 29-year-old is enjoying a fine season in Seattle and is keen to show that he is still at the top of his game after missing out on Nigeria’s World Cup squad.
The former Toon striker, who also lifted the League Cup with Birmingham, has now scored five times and has six assists in 12 games this campaign.
The Nigerian is a designated player at the Sounders, and is playing with Clint Dempsey and thriving alongside the former Fulham and Spurs man, though Dempsey is now with US National team preparing for the World Cup.
Martins didn’t need Dempsey on Saturday though, as he scored an incredible lob from an improbable angle in the eighth minute, in what proved to be the match-winning goal.
After being snubbed by Nigeria this month, Martins has claimed that he will “play my own World Cup with the Seattle Sounders” and made a statement with another goal this weekend.
“Not a big deal. I was there. I’ve been there and everything. If I’m not there now, they have young players, as well, who are good. If they think they have better players that they can take there, why not? Take them. I have a team, and that team is here, and I’m enjoying it and happy to be with the Sounders,” Martins said, speaking about his World Cup snub.